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Toyota Camry 2006 and earlier



  • cduongcduong Posts: 70
    I have a '87 Camry with 160,000 miles, very reliable, not a single problem outside of regular maintenance. I do the following:
    1. Change oil/filter every 3000 miles (regular oil)
    2. Change spark plugs/air filter every 20,000 miles
    3. Change timing belt at 80,000 and 150,000 miles
    4. Change water pump at 150,000 miles (wow)
    5. Change battery every 5-6 years
    6. Flush coolant every 30,000 to 60,000 miles
    7. Change trans fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles
    8. Replace CV joints at 140,000 miles
    I would like to keep it until it dies (>250,000 miles, I hope). To the great car mechanics out there, what should I replace to keep it going??? (starter, alternator, fuel filter,etc...). I would rather be proactive than reactive. Thanks.
  • I own a 1993 Camry & the car is great, except
    for the seats. There is no back support & they
    are too wide. Any ideas on how to fix this?
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    You are correct. The new slogan is "Get the feeling" I was referring to a slogan Toyota used in the mid 80's. There's been quite a few like: "Once you get your hands on a Toyota you'll never let go!" Then there was the one sung to the tune of My Sharona "My Toyota!" etc,. I was in So. California when these came out so I don't know if they were just regional or national. Glad to hear you like your tires. I ran mostly Good year Aquatreds on my wife's Camry but they wore out to soon. Had to take the first set in and get them pro-rated on the Aquatreds II's. Been running Dunlops Sp4000 (two sets now) and like them. On my '88 MR2 I put a set of HP Defenders (made by Michelin) at 80k miles, car has 108k miles now and the tires show no wear whatsover. A friend of mine who works at Tire Merchant's recommended them and I was skeptical at first but they are great on rain and handle quite nicely. Had Good year's on it before and the back tires wore down quicker than the front (car is rear wheel drive) although I haven't seen this wear with the Defenders. I want to get a set of alloys and tires from the Tire rack as that's where I get the tires for our other cars, but the Defenders just keep on going. They are rated to 50k miles but I think they will be going long after that. I guess I'll just have to wait on the alloys.

    The Mr2 has factory alloy wheels 14"s and I want to move it up to a 15" wheel. I like the car just the way it is but my boys want me to have the racer boy look like they do on their Integra and SE-R.

    ; )

  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    I'm curious as to what you meant by "you will lose too much value on XLE unless you keep your cars for a long period of time". How so? The I4 engine, it seems is a better power/fuel economy/maintenance cost compromise... so perhaps any perceived lost value would be "regained" there. (For example, the 4 uses a timing chain, vs. the V6's timing belt)
  • autonutsautonuts Posts: 138
    You responded to my post on this forum a few days ago and wanted me to contact you. I've noticed that my original post about selling my 2000 Camry CE was removed from the forum along with your response to me. You told me to contact you and I've done so twice but haven't heard back from you. Would you please let me know what that was all about, either on this forum or at my e-mail address? Thanks!
  • You may want to try some of the seat cushions found at Kmart or Walmart.

    Those of you looking to buy a Camry in the $25 to $30k price range may also want to consider an Avalon XL. The seats are a bit longer in the thigh area on the Avalon.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    I did reply to you on 12/20 at the address from which you wrote to me - if you did not receive, it drop me a note at and let's see if you and I can figure out what the heck is going on.

    The email address in your profile is not valid - my email to that address was rejected as "user unknown". You need to update it to a working address. That is why I had posted here asking you to get in touch with me.


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  • So, the one big negative everyone seems to talk about on the 2002 Camry is the brake feel. Of course I'll get a better sense of this when I do a test drive someday, but just how bad a problem IS this? Presumably it isn't a major safety issue or someone would have said something....?
  • parumpparump Posts: 65
    We have a 2002 Camry V6 with ABS. I believe that the V6 features four wheel disk brakes. I read the Consumer's Reports review of the spongy brakes in the four cylinder version.

    I do not consider the V6 Camry's brakes to be spongy. Could the "spongy brakes" be exclusively associated with the four cylinder models?
  • ahossaahossa Posts: 152
    Merry Xmas to all and hope you have a very suceesful 2002.
  • kmddkmdd Posts: 2
  • parumpparump Posts: 65
    I received a very competitive offer from Diane Whitmire at Carson Toyota, internet sales. I thought that Longo would be more competitive because of their large size. I suspect that you can successfully negotiate a comparable price at other Toyota dealerships if you spend the time to visit them in person.

    People from Northern California are willing to drive to Southern California to purchase cars. This is probably due to the Northern California Toyota Dealer Advertising fee that adds $300 + to the Northern California invoice price. I recommend soliciting offers from the dealership website links.

    Marketing timing is advantageous for you. May your negotiating endeavors be successful!
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Hey! Well, we looked at the Altima and Accord (and briefly the Galant), and decided we still wanted the Camry, despite its not getting a Ten Best nod. We are just familiar with Toyota products and have confidence in the brand. The 02 Camry is a HUGE improvement on the 2000 LE that we are still currently leasing (and I am now driving... mom and dad have the new one).
    We got the LE in Stratosphere Mica (awesome color!) with Package 1, Alloy Wheels, ABS, Carpeted Floormats and Trunkmat, and MVID for 500 over invoice, and we are very pleased with that.
    Quick comparisons to the 2000 LE (equipped similarly except no alloys).

    Much larger,airy-er feeling interior. The instrument cluster is much classier with its white/blue lighting and orange pointers (as opposed to the swamp green endemic to Camrys and Corollas since around '87), the climate control and radio are just as accesible and logical, the trunk is larger, the maplights up front are a welcome addition, as are map pockets and integrated cupholders in the back. But the biggest difference... the new VVTi 2.4 is awesome. Excellent power for a 4 cylinder.... doenst have to rev nearly as hard as the old 2.2 to reach speed, which is especially noticeable on the highway when passing: where the 2.2 would have kicked down and topped 5 grand (RPM), the kickdown results in a muted and unstrained surge (just past about 4 grand) with the 2.4. WHAT AN IMPROVEMENT. Further, it felt peppier than the Accord EX I drove and not really different from the seat of the pants when compared to the Altima 2.5....but certainly, we did not drive either of those cars for the amount of time (3 days) that we now have the Camry. My parents are proud, this is the first car they have purchased since a piece of s**t 84 Buick Century that had them swear they'd never buy from GM EVER AGAIN.
  • Do any of you have the gold emblems -- that is, the upgrade parts from Toyota, *not* just a coating put on the existing emblems? Any comments about them? I got them for Christmas and was reading the DO NOT list that came with it -- like DO NOT take to a car wash with brushes, which I don't do anyway, at least not yet. I've been handwashing it. But anyway, has the finish lasted for you and are you happy with them? Just wanted to double check before putting them on my car. Thanks.. (P.S. If it matters, I have the Camry Solara with diamond white pearl paint.)
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    rear disc brakes improve brake pedal feel. Drum rears have that spongy feel.
  • parumpparump Posts: 65
    We purchased the navigation system and highly recommend it. Initially, I considered this to be a frivolous, high tech extra that would be rarely used. However, the navigation system is really a major safety feature. Several weeks ago, we were driving in rural, Northern California during a rainy, stormy night. The two lane highways were poorly illuminated, and the signs were barely visible. The navigation system was immensely helpful by providing verbal instructions such as proceed to the right at the next highway division in 200 yards. Whereas in the past I would have difficulty focusing on traffic, reading signs, and following directions, the automated system enabled me to concentrate exclusively on safe driving. I highly recommend this integrated system.
  • I have the 2nd from current iteration of the Toyota camry. it is an Le with the 4cylinder engine. It has been an excellent car so far. Has 75K on it and I have replaced all four times once, just replaced front brake pads. I had the timing belt changed under warranty because of a stalling problem. Other than the above no complaints except one. When the car is placed in drive or reverse and the foot is placed on the brake or at very slow idle, the car seems to vibrate much more than it should. the engine vibrates terrible when parked at a stop light with the foot on the brake. Also when backing the car into garage, the sound vibrates terribly throughout my house.(integral garage). I have had three different opinions. One mechanic says its probably a worn front motor mount. One says it could be the transmission or motor mounts. One mechanic says that the engine fuel system is probably coked up and needs cleaned. I am reluctant to put good money into any fix without a guarantee that the problem will be taken care of. However, you all know the chances of that. Have any of you "96 or before" owners had a similar experience. If so, did you find the fix and what was it? I would appreciate any input. Thanks.
  • mujhcmujhc Posts: 8
    Just a friendly advice. Before you buy either Accord or Camry, at least make sure you check out Hyundai Sonata and XG350L. No matter which car you buy, you'll thank me later. If you want to spend less than 20k, nothing beats Sonata LX. No matter how much a dealer charges you for fully equipped Sonata LX, you wouldn't pay more than 19200. Now go out and compare what you can get with that money for Accord and Camry. Sonata not only caught up with performance and reliability but also fit'n finish handily beats both in terms of consistency(be aware you can find lots of badly assembled Accord or Camry) If you want to spend about 23-25K for top of the line Accord or less optioned Camry, make sure you check out XG350L. Right now I have 3cars, 2 of which are recently purchased Accord EXV6 coupe and Sonata LX(both '02 model) and the other one being my beloved 94 Subaru SVX(great car). As much as I like Accord coupe, majorly based on the look, I kind of regret now. I think I should have bought either Solara coupe SLE or XG350L. With fully optioned Solara SLE coupe it's a better value than Accord since it has heated seats& auto dimming mirror(which are not even available on Accord) and longer warranty. And XG350L handily beats both Accord coupe and solara coupe in fit and finish(although it's not 2 door) and more comfortable and luxurious, beats Solara in performance and par with accord coupe. The more I drive Sonata, the more I like. Honda is in big trouble unless they straighten up their act. Get rid of all those fuzzy dealer insatalled options which give dealers too much of a fat profit. Please drop me a note after you purchase your car. I'm eager to know your honest opinion. If you tell me "I liked Sonata, but I couldn't possibly buy it because of resale value," I can't blame you yet. But if you worry about reliability, don't, because it IS reliable.
  • This is a Camry board, not a "Let Me Sell you a Korean Car" board.
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    I vote for the motor mount as the culprit. The symptoms you describe are pretty classic for a failed motor mount. Accords from the early '90s were famous for this problem at high can happen to Toyotas, too...
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Our Camry had 3 motor mounts break, 1 the first time that we fixed, and 2 the second time that we didn't. Combined with the engine sludge problem, the Toyota mechanic pulled me aside and said to dump that baby asap! We did within 2 weeks. Good luck with your problem.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    On that page, I counted one Camry recall, and two ES 300 hundred recalls. Was there another Camry recall that I missed?
  • I have a friend who drives a 1996 Camry LE and is experiencing the same problem as you. We have no clue what is going on, but when she is stopped at a red light, she shifts into neutral and the vibration is greatly reduced, so that might help to diagnose the problem. I drive a 2002 LE V6 and don't have that problem.
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,238
    It seems to me the 3rd gen (92-96) 4cyl camry had a known problem with vibrating while stopped with foot on brake. If I remember correctly, there was NO fix for this. Had something to do with the design of the steering column/firewall/etc. and as the car aged it developed. The 4th gen and newer 4cyl's were designed differently to fix this problem. This was several years ago that this problem was very common on the repair boards, but maybe toyota has found a solution as I haven't seen it for awhile. Have a dealer check for TSB's on it. Doubtful you'll get them to fix it under warranty at this point, but at least you'll know what it takes to correct, if anything. The other ideas the mechanics had are in the right direction, but not if it's a design flaw and your symptoms are consistant with what I've seen in the past.
  • thanks for the replies regarding the vibration problem. Luckystar, you are 100% right on. My vibration completely disappears with the engine running and shifting into neutral or park. It quitely runs like a dream in both of those positions. Sandman, could you please comment on the sludge problem. I haven*t heard of that yet. Is this something that I will be seeing within a short period of time also? What prompted the mechanic to pull you aside and tell you to dump the car asap? Also, thanks for the ideas sebring.
  • As for the ordering of tires from some of the earlier posts, I wanted to add my two cents. I have ordered from Tire Rack two times and had excellent service. Number one, state sales tax was bypassed. Number two, the tires were at my door within two days UPS. I took the tires to Wallmart and had them mounted and bought the Road hazard warranty. Wallmart will rotate them free, every day if you wish under the road hazard warranty. If I can remember, it cost me around $10 per tire. I saved over 80 dollars on the 4 tires that I purchased by this method. I really wanted to support our local businesses when I bought the tires, however, they kept giving me the run-around that the tires would be ordered and be in. However, after 3 trips they never did arrive. So a dissatissfied customer finds a better deal on the net.
  • I totally agree. Recently I have a friend staying in a hotel in San Francisco. In the middle of the night, he called me that he felt ill. I rushed over to bring him to a hospital. Even I have lived in the Bay Area for over 30 years, I had no idea where the nearby hospital was. Luckily with my NAG equipped Lexus, it led me to the emergency room only a few minutes away.
  • fredvhfredvh Posts: 854
    There has been one recall of the new Camry and two recalls of the new ES300. Go to:

    Thanks alpha01

  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    There was a problem with oil sludge in the '95 and '96 Camry 4 cylinders if I recall. There was even a forum here at Edmunds on it. Check back in all the major topics to see if it's still there.
    While being told about all the problems with the car by the service writer, $2200.00 worth, the mechanic pulled me over to look at the engine and pointed out all the thick sludge around the top and down into where you pour the fresh oil. He said I shouldn't fix a thing on that car and get rid of it asap. Maybe I shouldn't have trusted him but I did and proceeded to trade in the car about 2 weeks later. Too bad because I really liked that Camry!
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